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Hi there! I just wanna know what is the maximum partition on NTFS?
Is it dependent on the disk?
What's the best site for partition info?

thanks!
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by:NoodlesWIU
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the maximum partition size?  or the maximum number of partitions?
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by:dbrunton
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by:blurSoul
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The max number of partitions would be up to Z. So excluding drives A,B,C,D,(E, if u have more than one cd rom drive or u have another kind of drive), you can have up to...21 partitions.

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by:KingHollis
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blurSoul is right-- 26 letters in the alphabet limit the number of partitions, but you can expand that even further by mounting hard drives to folders within NTFS.
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I just found some information on microsoft's webby.

For partition size, I quote: "Recommended MINIMUM volume size is approximately 10 MB. MAXIMUM volume and partition sizes start at 2 terabytes (TB) and range upward. For example, a dynamic disk formatted with a standard allocation unit size (4 KB) can have partitions of 16 TB minus 4 KB."

For file size: "Maximum FILE size is potentially 16 TB minus 64 KB, although files cannot be larger than the volume or partition they are located on."

Source: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/treeview/default.asp?url=/technet/prodtechnol/windowsserver2003/proddocs/standard/ntfs_compared_to_fat_and_fat32.asp

This webpage also compares NTFS to FAT and FAT32. Take a look if you are interested.
So, I've covered both max number of partitions and max size of partition. 'Cos I'm not really sure which information you require.
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thanks guys!
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